NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS

November 19, 2018

Record fine strikes a blow against property spruiking

The Federal Court has fined property spruiker We Buy Homes and its director a massive $18 million for making false and misleading representations – the highest […]
November 19, 2018

Westpac matches CBA’s hybrid pricing

Hot on the heels of Commonwealth Bank’s hybrid offer, Westpac has come to the market with its own deal, offering identical pricing to CBA and a […]
November 19, 2018

Government makes a concession on opt-in rule

The Government will amend its package of superannuation protection measures, announced in the Budget, to make an exception to opt-in insurance rule for members in dangerous […]
November 19, 2018

Banks continue to tighten lending standards

In the latest move by a bank to tighten lending standards, ANZ has notified mortgage brokers that it will introduce enhanced home loan verification requirements, with […]
November 19, 2018

Soft bank revenue trend to continue

The key features of the big banks’ 2017/18 results were soft revenue trends, particularly in their retail banking divisions, offset by low impairment charges and stronger […]
November 12, 2018

Defensive stocks come to the rescue in October

Some of the most expensive sectors on the Australian Securities Exchange were the hardest hit during last month’s sell-off, with information technology stocks down 11.3 per […]
November 19, 2018

Token issuer suspends offer over ASIC concerns

Cryptocurrency exchange developer Byte Power Group has suspended an offer of tokens after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission raised concerns that it may be selling […]
November 12, 2018

Initiative Q is not the new Bitcoin but the idea has value

Could free units of a new digital currency end up being worth thousands of dollars? Payment network Initiative Q, which is aggressively marketing itself on social […]
November 5, 2018

Australian token issuer joins global payment network

Payments software company Novatti has entered the digital currency market, launching a utility token which it claims is the first Australian dollar-backed utility token. The token […]
November 19, 2018

Court shuts down SMSF early release scheme

The Australian Taxation Office’s attempts to crack down on the use of self-managed superannuation funds as part of illegal early release schemes has not stopped people […]
November 19, 2018

Q&A 19 November 2018

Q: My adviser has suggested that I buy life insurance separately from what is available under group cover arrangements in my super fund, as this will […]
November 12, 2018

ATO warns on minimum pension payments

The Australian Taxation Office has issued a warning to trustees of self-managed super funds that lump sums, or partial commutations, no longer count towards a minimum […]
November 19, 2018

The New Criterion

Fiji Kava (FIJ, not yet listed) When Prince Harry supped on a ceremonial cup of kava during his and Meghan’s recent visit to Fiji, he prioritised […]
November 12, 2018

The New Criterion

While resources pundits regard copper as the commodity most reflective of the world’s economic strength or otherwise, arguably zircon is an better guide. On zircon’s recent […]
November 12, 2018

Kavanagh on buying insurance

Over the past 12 months, more than three-quarters of consumers (77.4 per cent) renewed their general insurance policies with the same insurers, without approaching another insurer […]